In recent years it seems like everything in the health and beauty industry has revolved around a “detox”. But this idea of cleansing and detoxifying the body actually goes back millennia; many of today’s popular recommendations are in fact based on ancient knowledge. Contemporary scientific developments mean this can be refined and, importantly, explained. As a result, the available detox options are more varied than ever. Nevertheless, none of it can forgo a healthy, predominantly plant-based diet, in which fruit and vegetable drinks play an important role.
The benefits of a juice detox
Whether incorporated into a healthy lifestyle or as part of a few days’ retreat, cold pressed juices have a whole range of positive effects on the body, many of which can be seen and felt in a short time. Fruit and vegetable juices are a simple way of providing the body with healthy nourishment. As these are then released into the bloodstream, they can be quickly broken down and used for various healing and repair processes.
The positive effects of a juice containing vitamins, enzymes, minerals and micronutrients can be felt within just 15-20 minutes. But these rather subjective feelings have also now been proven by research showing that natural antioxidants protect the body from free radicals. These particles arise not only as a by-product of metabolic processes, but also from negative external influences – including environmental toxins, alcohol, sugar, or refined foods. All of these can cause inflammations in the body which can then lead to illnesses or accelerated skin ageing.
Equally healthy and enjoyable
A balanced healthy diet is also an important part of life here at Hotel Post Bezau by Susanne Kaufmann. Our detox cuisine is crafted to supply the body with all the nutrients required for a cleansing detoxification process. But that’s not to say it’s not enjoyable: on the contrary, if something lacks taste it gives no pleasure and leads us back to old habits. A visit to our Juice Bar gives an insight into the colourful world of juicing, filled with all kinds of fruit and veg as well as anti-inflammatory herbs and spices such as ginger and turmeric.
With their purifying effects, juices can also be a veritable beauty booster for the skin. Elasticity is decisive for a radiant complexion, and this in turn depends on a structural protein: collagen. As we get older, the body slows down its natural production of collagen. Vitamin C, as found in dark vegetables or citrus fruits, bolsters the synthesis of this protein. Natural antioxidants such as lycopene – common in red fruits and veg – provide additional support to collagen production. Meanwhile, omega-3 fatty acids from nuts give a radiance to the skin, and contribute to a clear complexion.
Our tips for juicing at home
Freshly pressed juices help detoxify the body in various ways, as well as promoting cell regeneration. In order for the nutrients to activate the body’s natural cleansing powers, the fruits and vegetables used should always be raw. Putting them through a juicer or powerful mixer breaks down the nutrients within in such a way that they can be effectively absorbed by the body. And of course, the provenance of the ingredients is just as important, which is why we at Hotel Post Bezau use regional and seasonal organic fruit and vegetables. Along with alkaline or detoxifying teas, such as those from Susanne Kaufmann ™ or our “zero km” water, we’ve got all fluids covered when it comes to detox. This all helps the body more effectively carry out its various essential functions. Toxins are flushed out, the energy level is increased, and the skin gets back its natural radiance.
There’s an endless choice of detox juice recipes, from immune-boosting juices to anti-ageing juices, from anti-stress juices to alkaline juices. We developed the following detox juice recipe for you in our very own Juice Lab:
The Collagen Booster